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Germany, Japan tap hydrogen to reduce Russia dependence

Scholz and Kishida agree to launch intergovernmental consultations next year

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida ahead of their meeting on April 28. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- From cooperating on hydrogen as an alternative power source to gas and coal, to launching intergovernmental consultations, "Germany and Japan will strengthen their partnership at every level," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said during a visit to Tokyo.

Five months into office, the German leader chose Japan for his first visit to Asia. It was a symbolic shift from his predecessor Angela Merkel, who placed China as the top priority of Germany's Asia policy and visited Beijing first.

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